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Fire investigators say that a child playing with a lighter was responsible for a blaze that caused 2.3 million euros of damage at the Sutterlüty supermarket in Dornbirn in Vorarlberg in western Austria.

The youngster had decided it would be amusing to set a piece of toilet paper alight but the fire quickly spread to other rolls of toilet paper on display which then set other aisles alight.

The manager of the store and one staff member had tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the blaze before evacuating the property and it was eventually extinguished by fireman after the blaze had almost completely destroyed the store.

The attempt to extinguish the fire had been made more dangerous by the fact that spray cans had been repeatedly exploding. The property is still closed and unlikely to be open again before the end of the year.

Police spokeswoman Andreas Bilgeri said that the youngster had gone into the supermarket on 15 June and that the blaze was a result of a classic "playing with fire".

Prosecutors in Feldkirch are now examining what action to take against the under age youngster.

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